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How does Shakespeare make Act III Scene i such an exciting and dramatic scene?

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Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare make Act III Scene i such an exciting and dramatic scene? The essence of the play is about two Italian families based in the 13th Century. The two families, Capulets and Montagues, have been bitter enemies for decades. However, the real core of the play is of the two young lovers, the protagonist Romeo, of the House of Montague, and his Juliet, of the House of Capulet. The eponymous lovers, as the title suggests, dominate the play, and the audience engages with their woeful predicament. The opening scene is a precursor to the coming events. It shows the bitter resentfulness that each family has to each other - ranging from the family members, to the servants and maids enmity in the market. Act 3 Scene 1 is a very dramatic and powerful scene, which witnesses the death of two prevalent characters in the play. The way this scene unfolds, in an unexpected manner provides excitement and tension throughout this section of the play. The scene in question is positioned near the middle of the play; this one point alone contributes to its importance, as all the events subsequent to it will be affected by the events that occur in this scene. Prior to this influential scene, Juliet's father Capulet arranges for her to marry Paris, another Capulet. However, Juliet does not want to collaborate and marry Paris. Before the Capulet masked ball, Romeo seemed love sick for Rosaline, a Montague, but when Romeo and Juliet meet, they fall head long in love. ...read more.

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Here a fight is imminent, and Tybalt's use of the word 'Boy' is an insult to Romeo. Tybalt explains that the fact Romeo has 'injured' and insulted him, by showing at the Capulet ball, has angered him, subsequently Tybalt wants to fight: (Line 60) "Turn and draw!" Moreover Benvolio tells Mercutio and Tybalt not to fight in public, the effect that this has on the audience is one of trusting Benvolio as they realize something bad will be a result of the fight if it does take place. A surprise for the audience during this scene is that Tybalt, in fact duels with Mercutio, which went against their prior knowledge that Tybalt was out for Romeo. This scene can be viewed as important as this duel culminates with the death of Mercutio, Romeo's Kinsman. Mercutio instigates a fight between the two. Firstly, he begins by saying: (Line 66) "Oh calm, dishonourable, vile submission." Mercutio is mocking his friend Romeo, and in a way calling him a coward, for his reluctance to fight: "vile submission!" Mercutio sees it dishonourable not to fight for his house, Montague against Tybalt, a member of the Capulets. Mercutio, capricious as ever, is exasperated by Romeo's ostensible cowardice and feels honour-bound to take up the challenge. The audience then sees Mercutio insult Tybalt: (Line 68) "Tybalt, you rat catcher, will you walk?" This quote shows Mercutio ridiculing Tybalt's name, only then asking him to fight, an insult to which Tybalt replies: (Line 69) "What wouldst thou have with me?" ...read more.

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Dramatic irony is present in Act 3, Scene 1, as in the rest of the play, the audience knows Tybalt's intentions, whereas Romeo does not; dramatic irony is also present when the audience knows that Romeo and Juliet are married whereas Tybalt, Benvolio and Mercutio do not. In the opening of Act 3, Scene 1, the Kinsmen arguing, is linked to Act 1, Scene 1, where Sampson and Gregory argue, the lighthearted mood at the beginning of both scenes changes dramatically as the tension builds, culminating in a fight. Shakespeare shows the audience the role of family in society. The two families, Capulet and Montague provide the conflict and tension, which is maybe the greatest cause of all the violence. Shakespeare also shows us the power of Princes in the play; princes are seen as all-powerful. When Romeo murdered Tybalt, Benvolio was extremely concerned: "Romeo, away, be gone!" as disobeying the Prince is disobeying God, as a Prince is seen as God's representative on Earth. Benvolio told Romeo to flee, as he went against the Prince's rules, which were: "If ever you disturb our streets again your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." Shakespeare shows the Prince's authority, with his very straightforward rules; if you are caught fighting, you shall be killed. Princes were highly regarded in Elizabethan times. Act 3, Scene 1 is a dramatic enthralling scene, in which the families 'ancient grudge' leads to the deaths of two prominent characters. The dramatic effect of this scene is emphasised by the tension and anger that run through it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Abhishek Singh 11DHH 1 of 5 ...read more.

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